James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Oxendine caught up in lab testing dispute
 Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...
Raising cash outside Georgia both a strength, vulnerability for Abrams
 The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...

Posted: 6 days ago

The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...
Georgia teachers, employees won’t see hike in health premiums in 2019
 Health care costs always seem to be rising, but Georgia teachers and state employees may not notice in 2019. The Department of Community Health, which runs the 650,000-member State Health Benefit Plan, won approval from its board Thursday to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees. They also won’t see...

Posted: 7 days ago

Health care costs always seem to be rising, but Georgia teachers and state employees may not notice in 2019. The Department of Community Health, which runs the 650,000-member State Health Benefit Plan, won approval from its board Thursday to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees. They also won’t see...
Deal builds Georgia reserves up to record $2.5 billion as safety net
 Five months before he leaves office, it appears Gov. Nathan Deal has met one of the most important promises he made to his successor. Unlike the past two governors, Deal won’t leave Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams with little in the way of a financial safety net. The latest estimates are that the state now has about...

Posted: 14 days ago

Five months before he leaves office, it appears Gov. Nathan Deal has met one of the most important promises he made to his successor. Unlike the past two governors, Deal won’t leave Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams with little in the way of a financial safety net. The latest estimates are that the state now has about...
For first time, Deal allows Georgia agencies to seek more for spending
 For the first time in his administration, Gov. Nathan Deal is letting the people who run state agencies ask for a little more spending money next year. Of course, Deal is retiring in January, so he won’t be the one deciding whether they get it. The next governor will. Still, the instructions Deal’s budget director gave to state...

Posted: 14 days ago

For the first time in his administration, Gov. Nathan Deal is letting the people who run state agencies ask for a little more spending money next year. Of course, Deal is retiring in January, so he won’t be the one deciding whether they get it. The next governor will. Still, the instructions Deal’s budget director gave to state...
Governor suspends Georgia jet fuel sales tax, helping Delta, others
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he was suspending collection of the state sales tax on jet fuel, keeping a promise to Delta Air Lines and other companies that the General Assembly rejected during the politically charged 2018 legislative session. The state sales tax on jet fuel, which brought in $39 million in the recently completed...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he was suspending collection of the state sales tax on jet fuel, keeping a promise to Delta Air Lines and other companies that the General Assembly rejected during the politically charged 2018 legislative session. The state sales tax on jet fuel, which brought in $39 million in the recently completed...
Georgia Capitol crowd that backed Cagle now signing checks for Kemp
 Once it became clear Brian Kemp would be the Republican nominee for governor, lobbyists started showing up en masse Tuesday night at the downtown Athens Holiday Inn, where the candidate was celebrating his big win. They strained to be seen by Kemp or his aides, posed for pictures and posted congratulatory notes on social media. The Capitol...

Posted: 17 days ago

Once it became clear Brian Kemp would be the Republican nominee for governor, lobbyists started showing up en masse Tuesday night at the downtown Athens Holiday Inn, where the candidate was celebrating his big win. They strained to be seen by Kemp or his aides, posed for pictures and posted congratulatory notes on social media. The Capitol...
Resigning from Georgia General Assembly may be costly for Spencer
 Leading members of both parties at the Statehouse urged state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on TV, but he may have financial reasons for not giving in to his colleagues’ pressure. Spencer lost his bid for re-election in the May Republican primary, which means his term ends when the new...

Posted: 23 days ago

Leading members of both parties at the Statehouse urged state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on TV, but he may have financial reasons for not giving in to his colleagues’ pressure. Spencer lost his bid for re-election in the May Republican primary, which means his term ends when the new...
‘Independent’ groups, some that hide donors, flood Georgia races
 When voters pick their final nominees for the November elections on Tuesday, they’ll do so after being overwhelmed by TV and radio ads, social media messaging and mailings from groups they’ve probably never heard of. Outfits such as Changing Georgia’s Future or PowerPAC or Black PAC or Conservatives for a Stronger Georgia...

Posted: 24 days ago

When voters pick their final nominees for the November elections on Tuesday, they’ll do so after being overwhelmed by TV and radio ads, social media messaging and mailings from groups they’ve probably never heard of. Outfits such as Changing Georgia’s Future or PowerPAC or Black PAC or Conservatives for a Stronger Georgia...
$1 million Soros gift gives Georgia Democrats advantage over state GOP
 Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...

Posted: 30 days ago

Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...
The Georgia race for governor sets a spending record with months to go
 The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...

6:53 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Oxendine caught up in lab testing dispute
 Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...
Raising cash outside Georgia both a strength, vulnerability for Abrams
 The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...

Posted: 6 days ago

The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...
Georgia teachers, employees won’t see hike in health premiums in 2019
 Health care costs always seem to be rising, but Georgia teachers and state employees may not notice in 2019. The Department of Community Health, which runs the 650,000-member State Health Benefit Plan, won approval from its board Thursday to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees. They also won’t see...

Posted: 7 days ago

Health care costs always seem to be rising, but Georgia teachers and state employees may not notice in 2019. The Department of Community Health, which runs the 650,000-member State Health Benefit Plan, won approval from its board Thursday to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees. They also won’t see...
Deal builds Georgia reserves up to record $2.5 billion as safety net
 Five months before he leaves office, it appears Gov. Nathan Deal has met one of the most important promises he made to his successor. Unlike the past two governors, Deal won’t leave Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams with little in the way of a financial safety net. The latest estimates are that the state now has about...

Posted: 14 days ago

Five months before he leaves office, it appears Gov. Nathan Deal has met one of the most important promises he made to his successor. Unlike the past two governors, Deal won’t leave Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams with little in the way of a financial safety net. The latest estimates are that the state now has about...
For first time, Deal allows Georgia agencies to seek more for spending
 For the first time in his administration, Gov. Nathan Deal is letting the people who run state agencies ask for a little more spending money next year. Of course, Deal is retiring in January, so he won’t be the one deciding whether they get it. The next governor will. Still, the instructions Deal’s budget director gave to state...

Posted: 14 days ago

For the first time in his administration, Gov. Nathan Deal is letting the people who run state agencies ask for a little more spending money next year. Of course, Deal is retiring in January, so he won’t be the one deciding whether they get it. The next governor will. Still, the instructions Deal’s budget director gave to state...
Governor suspends Georgia jet fuel sales tax, helping Delta, others
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he was suspending collection of the state sales tax on jet fuel, keeping a promise to Delta Air Lines and other companies that the General Assembly rejected during the politically charged 2018 legislative session. The state sales tax on jet fuel, which brought in $39 million in the recently completed...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he was suspending collection of the state sales tax on jet fuel, keeping a promise to Delta Air Lines and other companies that the General Assembly rejected during the politically charged 2018 legislative session. The state sales tax on jet fuel, which brought in $39 million in the recently completed...
Georgia Capitol crowd that backed Cagle now signing checks for Kemp
 Once it became clear Brian Kemp would be the Republican nominee for governor, lobbyists started showing up en masse Tuesday night at the downtown Athens Holiday Inn, where the candidate was celebrating his big win. They strained to be seen by Kemp or his aides, posed for pictures and posted congratulatory notes on social media. The Capitol...

Posted: 17 days ago

Once it became clear Brian Kemp would be the Republican nominee for governor, lobbyists started showing up en masse Tuesday night at the downtown Athens Holiday Inn, where the candidate was celebrating his big win. They strained to be seen by Kemp or his aides, posed for pictures and posted congratulatory notes on social media. The Capitol...
Resigning from Georgia General Assembly may be costly for Spencer
 Leading members of both parties at the Statehouse urged state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on TV, but he may have financial reasons for not giving in to his colleagues’ pressure. Spencer lost his bid for re-election in the May Republican primary, which means his term ends when the new...

Posted: 23 days ago

Leading members of both parties at the Statehouse urged state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on TV, but he may have financial reasons for not giving in to his colleagues’ pressure. Spencer lost his bid for re-election in the May Republican primary, which means his term ends when the new...
‘Independent’ groups, some that hide donors, flood Georgia races
 When voters pick their final nominees for the November elections on Tuesday, they’ll do so after being overwhelmed by TV and radio ads, social media messaging and mailings from groups they’ve probably never heard of. Outfits such as Changing Georgia’s Future or PowerPAC or Black PAC or Conservatives for a Stronger Georgia...

Posted: 24 days ago

When voters pick their final nominees for the November elections on Tuesday, they’ll do so after being overwhelmed by TV and radio ads, social media messaging and mailings from groups they’ve probably never heard of. Outfits such as Changing Georgia’s Future or PowerPAC or Black PAC or Conservatives for a Stronger Georgia...
$1 million Soros gift gives Georgia Democrats advantage over state GOP
 Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...

Posted: 30 days ago

Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...
The Georgia race for governor sets a spending record with months to go
 The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...

6:53 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Oxendine caught up in lab testing dispute
 Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...
Raising cash outside Georgia both a strength, vulnerability for Abrams
 The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...

Posted: 6 days ago

The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...
Georgia teachers, employees won’t see hike in health premiums in 2019
 Health care costs always seem to be rising, but Georgia teachers and state employees may not notice in 2019. The Department of Community Health, which runs the 650,000-member State Health Benefit Plan, won approval from its board Thursday to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees. They also won’t see...

Posted: 7 days ago

Health care costs always seem to be rising, but Georgia teachers and state employees may not notice in 2019. The Department of Community Health, which runs the 650,000-member State Health Benefit Plan, won approval from its board Thursday to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees. They also won’t see...
Deal builds Georgia reserves up to record $2.5 billion as safety net
 Five months before he leaves office, it appears Gov. Nathan Deal has met one of the most important promises he made to his successor. Unlike the past two governors, Deal won’t leave Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams with little in the way of a financial safety net. The latest estimates are that the state now has about...

Posted: 14 days ago

Five months before he leaves office, it appears Gov. Nathan Deal has met one of the most important promises he made to his successor. Unlike the past two governors, Deal won’t leave Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams with little in the way of a financial safety net. The latest estimates are that the state now has about...
For first time, Deal allows Georgia agencies to seek more for spending
 For the first time in his administration, Gov. Nathan Deal is letting the people who run state agencies ask for a little more spending money next year. Of course, Deal is retiring in January, so he won’t be the one deciding whether they get it. The next governor will. Still, the instructions Deal’s budget director gave to state...

Posted: 14 days ago

For the first time in his administration, Gov. Nathan Deal is letting the people who run state agencies ask for a little more spending money next year. Of course, Deal is retiring in January, so he won’t be the one deciding whether they get it. The next governor will. Still, the instructions Deal’s budget director gave to state...
Governor suspends Georgia jet fuel sales tax, helping Delta, others
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he was suspending collection of the state sales tax on jet fuel, keeping a promise to Delta Air Lines and other companies that the General Assembly rejected during the politically charged 2018 legislative session. The state sales tax on jet fuel, which brought in $39 million in the recently completed...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he was suspending collection of the state sales tax on jet fuel, keeping a promise to Delta Air Lines and other companies that the General Assembly rejected during the politically charged 2018 legislative session. The state sales tax on jet fuel, which brought in $39 million in the recently completed...
Georgia Capitol crowd that backed Cagle now signing checks for Kemp
 Once it became clear Brian Kemp would be the Republican nominee for governor, lobbyists started showing up en masse Tuesday night at the downtown Athens Holiday Inn, where the candidate was celebrating his big win. They strained to be seen by Kemp or his aides, posed for pictures and posted congratulatory notes on social media. The Capitol...

Posted: 17 days ago

Once it became clear Brian Kemp would be the Republican nominee for governor, lobbyists started showing up en masse Tuesday night at the downtown Athens Holiday Inn, where the candidate was celebrating his big win. They strained to be seen by Kemp or his aides, posed for pictures and posted congratulatory notes on social media. The Capitol...
Resigning from Georgia General Assembly may be costly for Spencer
 Leading members of both parties at the Statehouse urged state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on TV, but he may have financial reasons for not giving in to his colleagues’ pressure. Spencer lost his bid for re-election in the May Republican primary, which means his term ends when the new...

Posted: 23 days ago

Leading members of both parties at the Statehouse urged state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on TV, but he may have financial reasons for not giving in to his colleagues’ pressure. Spencer lost his bid for re-election in the May Republican primary, which means his term ends when the new...
‘Independent’ groups, some that hide donors, flood Georgia races
 When voters pick their final nominees for the November elections on Tuesday, they’ll do so after being overwhelmed by TV and radio ads, social media messaging and mailings from groups they’ve probably never heard of. Outfits such as Changing Georgia’s Future or PowerPAC or Black PAC or Conservatives for a Stronger Georgia...

Posted: 24 days ago

When voters pick their final nominees for the November elections on Tuesday, they’ll do so after being overwhelmed by TV and radio ads, social media messaging and mailings from groups they’ve probably never heard of. Outfits such as Changing Georgia’s Future or PowerPAC or Black PAC or Conservatives for a Stronger Georgia...
$1 million Soros gift gives Georgia Democrats advantage over state GOP
 Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...

Posted: 30 days ago

Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...
The Georgia race for governor sets a spending record with months to go
 The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...

6:53 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...